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​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​The Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (PL 117-58) will fund the building and repairing of roads, bridges, deployment of broadband internet, strengthening of the electric grid and water systems, and much more. ​​​​
Background

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​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​The Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA) was introduced into Congress by Representative Peter Defazio on June 4, 2021. Following months of negotiations, the bill passed in Congress with bipartisan support and was signed into law by President Joe Biden on November 15, 2021. The law authorizes $1.2 trillion in infrastructure spending across more than 380 federal programs. Of that, approximately $650 billion reauthorizes existing funding, and another $550 billion adds new funding to support the nation's infrastructure needs. 

ODOE has been actively researching and planning for requesting available funds since the passage of the IIJA. The funding is provided under various programs, some of which are still under development with federal agencies.

Information about the federal grant opportunity can be found at: Section 40101(d) Formula Grants to States & Indian Tribes | netl.doe.gov. The federal grant opportunity is currently open for states, tribes, and territories to apply directly to the U.S. Department of Energy. ODOE intends to issue grants to improve the resilience of the electric grid based on the criteria included in the state application.   

View a comprehensive statewide list of identified programs by agency.

Stakeholder Engagement

ODOE hosted two webinars on the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA). The webinars provided an overview of the anticipated funding to Oregon and gathered public input to establish guiding priorities for the agency.

A public hearing was held on August 31 to receive public input on its proposed grant application to the U.S. Department of Energy for the Preventing Outages and Enhancing the Resilience of the Electric Grid program created under the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA). 

Information from these webinars​​ and any upcoming meetings is available below. ODOE is currently reviewing common questions and preparing a FAQ guide, as well as reviewing the comments received to assist with priority development. 

ODOE will review the approach envisioned for setting objectives and metrics and the proposed funding distributions and recipients of the grant awards, including approaches for engaging stakeholders to establish formal objectives and m​etrics and to implement strategic planning processes.

Commenting on the proposal: 

ODOE accepted oral comments on the proposal for the department's application for the Preventing Outages and Enhancing the Resilience of the Electric Grid program and answered questions at a public hearing on August 31, 2022 (see meeting details below). 

Written comments on the proposal are due by 5 p.m. on Friday, September 2, 2022, and may be submitted through ODOE's comment portal.  

The department will consider public comments received as it finalizes the application for submission to the U.S. Department of Energy. ODOE plans to request approval for application to the Legislative Emergency Board in September, prior to submittal of the application.

On September 1, ODOE received information that may significantly affect our application to the U.S. DOE. The application due date has been extended from September 30, 2022 to March 31, 2023, which provides ODOE and other applicants an additional six months to develop the program narrative.

While you are encouraged to still provide comments based on our presentation on August 31, please know that we are reevaluating our options in light of this new information from the U.S. ​DOE and will provide an update as soon as we know more.​


Meeting Details:

Date/Time

​Meeting Materials
​Virtual Workshop for Oregon Stakeholders: Regional Cl​ean Hydrogen Hubs

Friday, September 16, 2022
9 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.​​

Meeting Recording​

​​Public Hearing on Application for Federal Funding to Enhance 
Oregon's Grid Resilience

Wednesday, August 31, 2022 - 2 p.m.


Informational Webinar

Wednesday, July 20​, 2022

6 - 7 p.m.

Meeting Recording​

Informational Webinar

Tuesday, July 12, 2022

1 - 2 p.m.

Meeting Recording



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RESOUR​CES
 PL 117-58  PDF on​e-pag​er​

Grid Resilience Application
Draft Program Narrative (August 2022)​
Comment Portal (due September 2, 2022)
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